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Registering and Microchipping
The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs over 3 months old to be registered with their local council every year by 1 July. Registration fees are set by councils to take into account the cost of providing dog control services in their area and the balance between dog owners bearing the costs of dog control and the benefits to ratepayers of having safe and well controlled dogs in their community .
Every council has to keep a record of all dogs registered. Information on the dog and its owner along with its microchip number (if it has one) is provided to the National Dog Data Base (NDD). The NDD enables lost and stolen animals to be reunited with owners and keeps track of dogs deemed to be menacing and dangerous.
Dog Microchipping - What owners need to know (.pdf) 265k* Dog Microchipping brochure, January 2011.
Since 1 July 2006, all dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time (except farm dogs used for stock control) must be microchipped. This applies mainly to puppies when they are first registered at three months. Dogs classified as dangerous or menacing, dogs impounded but not registered and dogs registered but impounded twice are also required to be microchipped.
Microchipping is a more permanent method of identifying a dog than collars and tags which can be lost or removed. Even tattooing is not necessarily permanent as dogs can damage their ears in fights or fur might grow over the tattoo and it might not be seen easily. A microchip is permanent and, providing it meets the required standards and has been inserted correctly it will function for the life of your dog.
Dog registration and microchipping are two separate processes. You must register your dog every year, but you need to microchip your dog only once.
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*The brochure is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.
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